Giving charity and being philanthropic is something the Jewish community prides itself on. Below you will find articles to videos that highlight this topic.
This site offers a program designed to take data from your 1040 form and calculate Maaser Kesafim, the 10% which Rambam says is the average appropriate donation to Tzedakah. Please note: this program takes some lenient views about what counts as deductions against maaser income. Please check with your local Rav and do not view this site as the last word.
- Tzedakah Index
Offers a study of Rabbinic laws and theory of Tzedakah as well as social justice. Texts are presented in translation and with graphical Hebrew. Navigation and printing material from here is simple and user friendly.
- Just Tzedakah
Covers all of the main issues in collecting and distributing Tzedakah. Cites references from classical and contemporary resources.
This site offers an open-source database that includes the original texts and translations of Jewish sources on social justice to Tzedakah.
- iPhone App for Maaser
This application will tell you exactly how much you have to give for Tzedakah based on your income. Please check with your local Rav and do not view this site as the last word.
Articles and Resources
- Tithing and Business Profits via JLaw.com
- A Jewish Ethical Perspective to American Taxation by KH Ryesky
- A Model Course Given at Ma’alot Seminary Baltimore, MD in Jewish Business Ethics by Rabbi Aaron Tendler
Jewish law dictates that when it comes to giving charity, it’s best to give 100 people a 1 dollar bill and not 1 person 100 dollars. This video can serve as a great trigger film to highlight this concept. More on this event can be read here.